'National treasure' - Tributes to David Dimbleby's last Question Time

British journalist and TV presenter David Dimbleby arrives at Methodist Central Hall ahead of tonights Live TV debate on April 16, 2015 in London, England. Labour leader Ed Miliband, UKIP'...

David Dimbleby hosted his final Question Time show after 25 years in the role.

It was the end of an era as David Dimbleby brought down the curtain on his time as Question Time host.

After 25 years hosting the popular panel show, Dimbleby steps aside at the age of 80.

Dimbleby took over from Peter Sissons in 1994 and has been in the role ever since. BBC newsreader Fiona Bruce will succeed him as chair of the show.

She has a tough act to follow but enters the job at an exciting time with Brexit at the forefront of everyone's minds.

Dimbleby gave a farewell speech at the end of his final show, thanking the audiences for exercising "a really important democratic right" to hold politicians to account with questioning.

His final words on the show were met with raptures of applause and a standing ovation from the crowd.

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After his final show, tributes poured in from fans and spectators on social media.

Thousands of messages were sent to the retiring presenter with some calling him a "national treasure".

Below are some of the best tweets as Dimbleby said farewell to Question Time and brought an end to an impressive career.